Charter schools are negotiating with LAUSD on major revisions to school renewal petitions
* UPDATE For the first time since LA Unified began authorizing independent charter schools, a charter school coalition is asking for major revisions in language and restrictions in their school petitions. And the school district seems more open than ever to making those compromises. Both sides say the changes are not aimed at increasing the...
By Mike Szymanski | October 17, 2017 7:46 am
New laws help California students get a degree faster
California community college students now have a faster route to a four-year degree, thanks to two new state laws. On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 705, allowing more students access to college-level courses instead of remedial courses when they start community college, and AB 19, giving all first-time students in the state a free...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 16, 2017 1:56 pm
Eli Broad, giant of education philanthropy, is retiring
Eli Broad, the prominent education philanthropist and charter school booster, is retiring to spend more time with his family, according to release from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The Broads have given away more than $4 billion to education, health and science research, and contemporary-arts causes. They’ve pledged to give away 75 percent of their wealth....
By Carolyn Phenicie | October 16, 2017 1:43 pm
A similar past, a hoped-for future: Two lawyers each strive to open their own LA charter schools
Update: Los Angeles County’s board of education on Tuesday denied Denon Carr’s charter application but urged him to make changes to the proposal and resubmit it as quickly as possible to either the Inglewood School Board or the state board. Carr says he will appeal, though he is not yet sure to which entity. For...
By Beth Hawkins | October 16, 2017 7:44 am
LA County now lets teachers make some child abuse reports online
This article first appeared in The Chronicle of Social Change. Teachers and school staff in Los Angeles County will now be able to make child abuse reports online, thanks to a motion approved this week. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday signed off on a plan that will allow the county’s Department...
By Jeremy Loudenback | October 13, 2017 12:32 pm
Ballooning pension costs mean LAUSD and other California school districts are headed for cuts, Stanford study says
Pension payouts are growing so fast that California’s school districts are being forced to lay off staff and close schools, a Stanford professor and author of a new study says. LA Unified will have to cut spending by about 3 percent in 12 years in order to pay for the ballooning cost of its retirees’ pensions,...
By Sarah Favot | October 12, 2017 4:58 pm